CompGeo Salary Survey Benchmark Job Summary and Competencies

Broadcast Technicians

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CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Broadcast Technicians
Summary Job Description Tasks
Set up, operate, and maintain the electronic equipment used to transmit radio and television programs. Control audio equipment to regulate volume level and quality of sound during radio and television broadcasts. Operate transmitter to broadcast radio or television programs. Maintain programming logs, as required by station management and the Federal Communications Commission.
Control audio equipment to regulate the volume and sound quality during radio and television broadcasts.
Monitor strength, clarity, and reliability of incoming and outgoing signals, and adjust equipment as necessary to maintain quality broadcasts.
Regulate the fidelity, brightness, and contrast of video transmissions, using video console control panels.
Observe monitors and converse with station personnel to determine audio and video levels and to ascertain that programs are airing.
Preview scheduled programs to ensure that signals are functioning and programs are ready for transmission.
Select sources from which programming will be received, or through which programming will be transmitted.
Report equipment problems, ensure that repairs are made, and make emergency repairs to equipment when necessary and possible.
Record sound onto tape or film for radio or television, checking its quality and making adjustments where necessary.
Align antennae with receiving dishes to obtain the clearest signal for transmission of broadcasts from field locations.
Substitute programs in cases where signals fail.
Organize recording sessions, and prepare areas such as radio booths and television stations for recording.
Instruct trainees in how to use television production equipment, how to film events, and how to copy and edit graphics or sound onto videotape.
Schedule programming, or read television programming logs to determine which programs are to be recorded or aired.
Edit broadcast material electronically, using computers.
Give technical directions to other personnel during filming.
Set up and operate portable field transmission equipment outside the studio.
Determine the number, type, and approximate location of microphones needed for best sound recording or transmission quality, and position them appropriately.
Design and modify equipment to employer specifications.
Prepare reports outlining past and future programs, including content.
Discuss production requirements with clients.
Produce educational and training films and videotapes by performing activities such as selecting equipment and preparing scripts.
Monitor and log transmitter readings.
Play and record broadcast programs using automation systems.
Set-up, operate, and maintain broadcast station computers and networks.
Install broadcast equipment, troubleshoot equipment problems and perform maintenance or minor repairs using hand tools.
Make commercial dubs.
Develop employee work schedules.
Produce graphics for broadcasts.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Broadcast Technicians
Important Knowledge Competencies Competency Description
Computers and Electronics Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
Telecommunications Knowledge of transmission, broadcasting, switching, control, and operation of telecommunications systems.
Communications and Media Knowledge of media production, communication, and dissemination techniques and methods. This includes alternative ways to inform and entertain via written, oral, and visual media.
Engineering and Technology Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
Administration and Management Knowledge of business and management principles involved in strategic planning, resource allocation, human resources modeling, leadership technique, production methods, and coordination of people and resources.
Mathematics Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
English Language Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Mechanical Knowledge of machines and tools, including their designs, uses, repair, and maintenance.
Education and Training Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
Customer and Personal Service Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
Clerical Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.
Public Safety and Security Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.
Production and Processing Knowledge of raw materials, production processes, quality control, costs, and other techniques for maximizing the effective manufacture and distribution of goods.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Broadcast Technicians
Important Skill Competencies Competency Description
Critical Thinking Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
Active Listening Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
Monitoring Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
Operation Monitoring Watching gauges, dials, or other indicators to make sure a machine is working properly.
Speaking Talking to others to convey information effectively.
Reading Comprehension Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
Writing Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
Complex Problem Solving Identifying complex problems and reviewing related information to develop and evaluate options and implement solutions.
Judgment and Decision Making Considering the relative costs and benefits of potential actions to choose the most appropriate one.
Active Learning Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
Time Management Managing one's own time and the time of others.
Troubleshooting Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Social Perceptiveness Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
Coordination Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
Operation and Control Controlling operations of equipment or systems.
Equipment Maintenance Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
Quality Control Analysis Conducting tests and inspections of products, services, or processes to evaluate quality or performance.
Systems Analysis Determining how a system should work and how changes in conditions, operations, and the environment will affect outcomes.
Learning Strategies Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
Equipment Selection Determining the kind of tools and equipment needed to do a job.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Broadcast Technicians
Important Ability Competencies Competency Description
Problem Sensitivity The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
Near Vision The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
Oral Comprehension The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
Written Comprehension The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
Oral Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
Deductive Reasoning The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
Information Ordering The ability to arrange things or actions in a certain order or pattern according to a specific rule or set of rules (e.g., patterns of numbers, letters, words, pictures, mathematical operations).
Speech Recognition The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
Inductive Reasoning The ability to combine pieces of information to form general rules or conclusions (includes finding a relationship among seemingly unrelated events).
Speech Clarity The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
Written Expression The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
Flexibility of Closure The ability to identify or detect a known pattern (a figure, object, word, or sound) that is hidden in other distracting material.
Selective Attention The ability to concentrate on a task over a period of time without being distracted.
Finger Dexterity The ability to make precisely coordinated movements of the fingers of one or both hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble very small objects.
Far Vision The ability to see details at a distance.
Visual Color Discrimination The ability to match or detect differences between colors, including shades of color and brightness.
Fluency of Ideas The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
Category Flexibility The ability to generate or use different sets of rules for combining or grouping things in different ways.
Perceptual Speed The ability to quickly and accurately compare similarities and differences among sets of letters, numbers, objects, pictures, or patterns. The things to be compared may be presented at the same time or one after the other. This ability also includes comparing a presented object with a remembered object.
Visualization The ability to imagine how something will look after it is moved around or when its parts are moved or rearranged.
Originality The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
Speed of Closure The ability to quickly make sense of, combine, and organize information into meaningful patterns.
Arm-Hand Steadiness The ability to keep your hand and arm steady while moving your arm or while holding your arm and hand in one position.
Manual Dexterity The ability to quickly move your hand, your hand together with your arm, or your two hands to grasp, manipulate, or assemble objects.
Control Precision The ability to quickly and repeatedly adjust the controls of a machine or a vehicle to exact positions.
Hearing Sensitivity The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Mathematical Reasoning The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Broadcast Technicians
Tools/Technology Example Product Category
Adobe Systems Adobe After Effects Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop software Graphics or photo imaging software
Adobe Systems Adobe Premiere Pro software Video creation and editing software
Autodesk AutoCAD software Computer aided design CAD software
Avid software Video creation and editing software
Character generator software Video creation and editing software
Data entry software Data base user interface and query software
Email software Electronic mail software
Microsoft Excel Spreadsheet software
Microsoft Office software Office suite software
Video decoder software Video creation and editing software
Video encoder software Video creation and editing software
Video encryption software Video creation and editing software
Word processing software Word processing software
Audio mixer consoles Audio mixing consoles
Audio patch bays Media control systems
Desktop computers Desktop computers
Digital audio recorders Digital voice recorders
Digital video cameras Digital camcorders or video cameras
Digital video disk DVD recorders Digital video disk players or recorders
Disk storage systems Hard disk drives
Frame synchronizers Video editors
Integrated receiver decoders IRD Satellite receivers
Laptop computers Notebook computers
Master control switchers Media control systems
Modulators Modulators
Network routers Network routers
Non-linear editing systems Video editors
Personal computers Personal computers
Robotic studio cameras Camera controllers
Satellite receivers Satellite receivers
Satellite vans Minivans or vans
Signal transmitters Radio frequency transmitters or receivers
Sound effect generators Audio mixing consoles
Spectrum analyzers Frequency analyzers
Studio lighting Stage or studio lighting systems
Vector scopes Oscilloscopes
Video consoles Video editors
Video editing equipment Video editors
Video patch bays Media control systems
Video servers Computer servers
Video teleconferencing systems Videoconferencing systems
Videotape machines Video cassette players or recorders
Vision mixers Video editors
Waveform monitors Oscilloscopes
Wired microphones Microphones
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Broadcast Technicians
Prerequisite Qualification Category Education and Experience Level
Required Level of Education Post-Secondary Certificate - awarded for training completed after high school (for example, in Personnel Services, Engineering-related Technologies, Vocational Home Economics, Construction Trades, Mechanics and Repairers, Precision Production Trades)
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Broadcast Technicians
Alternate Job Title(s)
Assistant Engineer
Audio Engineer
Audio Operator
Audio Technician
Audio/Video Technician
Board Operator
Broadcast Engineer
Broadcast Field Supervisor
Broadcast Maintenance Engineer
Broadcast Maintenance Technician
Broadcast Operations Engineer
Broadcast Operations Technician
Broadcast Technician
Cable Television Access Coordinator
Chyron Operator
Color Technician
Computer Engineer
Control Engineer
Control Operator
Control Room Operator
Control Room Technician
Control Supervisor
Electronics Technician
Engineering Director
Engineering Operator
Engineering Technician
Engineering and Operations Director
Facsimile Operator
Field Engineer
Field Technician
Maintenance Engineer
Master Control Engineer
Master Control Operator (MCO)
Master Control Supervisor
Microphone Operator
Mixer Operator
Newcast Director
News Gathering Technician
Operating Engineer
Operations Manager
Operations Technician
Operator Technician
Production Assistant
Production Editor
Production Manager
Program Clerk
Program Scheduler
Projection Engineer
Radio Board Operator
Radio Engineer
Radio Station Audio Engineer
Radio Station Engineer
Radio Technician
Radio/TV Technician (Radio/Television Technician)
Records and Tape Recordings Engineer
Remote Broadcast Engineer
Remote Broadcast Technician
Signal Engineer
Sound Controller
Sound Effects Manager
Sound Effects Technician
Sound Mixer
Sound Person
Sound Technician
Special Effects Technician
Staff Engineer
Station Engineer
Studio Control Operator
Studio Engineer
Studio Operation Engineer
Studio Technician
Technical Director
Technical Operator
Technical Testing Engineer
Telecasting Engineer
Telecasting Technician
Telecine Operator
Television Audio Engineer
Television Engineer
Television Operator
Television Technician
Transmission Engineer
Transmission Operator
Transmitter Engineer
Transmitter Operator
Transmitter Supervisor
Video Control Engineer
Video Operator
Videotape Operator
Wire Photo Operator
CompGeo Occupation Group: Multi-Media/Print/Related
Job Family: Broadcasting
Benchmark Title: Broadcast Technicians
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